September 6, 2019 – September 12, 2019
6 Nights – $2,550.00
Deposit of $500.00 is due upon booking
Final Payment of $2,050.00 is due on April 15, 2019
2019 marks the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birthday on May 24, 1819. Once the longest reigning English monarch of all time, Queen Victoria was born to rule and her decades on the throne influenced events around the world. Join us as we trace the life and times of Queen Victoria from her girlhood home at London’s Kensington Palace through to her final days at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. Join us as we channel the PBS series, Victoria, and explore the life and legacy of this most beloved Queen.
Arrival at your 4 Star London Hotel and gather at 3 o’clock to meet your fellow travelers and experience a traditional Afternoon Tea. The rest of the evening has been left free for you to explore London or join your guide, Kristine Hughes Patrone, on a stroll through Victorian London.
This morning we’ll visit Queen Victoria’s childhood home, Kensington Palace, where we’ll see the State Apartments and the Victoria Revealed Exhibition. Based upon Queen Victoria’s own journals, the Exhibition includes displays of personal objects, including her white silk wedding gown, in the rooms where she once lived and provides an intimate account of Victoria’s extraordinary life. In the afternoon we will be visiting Buckingham Palace, where we will take a self guided tour of the magnificent State Rooms. The majority of these rooms reflect the taste of George IV, who commissioned architect John Nash to transform what had previously been known as Buckingham House into a grand palace. However, it was Queen Victoria who would be the first monarch to take up residence in the Palace along with her Prince Consort, Albert, who worked tirelessly to bring Buckingham Palace into the modern age. The rest of the evening has been left free for you to spend as you wish.
Today we travel to our 4 star Brighton hotel and, after check-in, take an introductory walking tour through this historic town, see the famous Lanes and stroll the period streets and seafront. Dinner this evening is at your leisure.
Today we will visit the building that best exemplifies the excesses of George IV and which was later inherited by his niece, Queen Victoria, Brighton’s Royal Pavilion. From the Banqueting Room, to the bedrooms, on through the royal kitchens and beyond to the Music Room, Chinese influences vie with Indian luxury and garish colour schemes, all of which combined to leave both the Duke of Wellington and Queen Victoria speechless upon their first sight of this “Marine Palace.” Following our tour of the Pavilion, you may choose to have lunch or afternoon tea in the café before exploring the adjacent Brighton Museum. The rest of the day has been left free for you to explore Brighton on your own.
Leaving Brighton, we drive to Southampton and then travel via ferry to the Isle of Wight, where we’ll visit Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s summer residence. Our group will be taken on a private tour of both the State and Family Rooms that were home to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and their nine children, including the Queen’s dressing-room and the bedroom in which she died in 1901. After our tour, there will be plenty of time for you to explore the private bathing beach and Queen Victoria’s bathing machine, and the Swiss Cottage, the Royal children’s play-house with exhibits that depict “Childhood at Osborne” and offer an intimate glimpse of royal family life. Afterwards, you may choose to have lunch in the tea room before strolling through the garden terraces where the stunning views across the Solent reminded Prince Albert of the Bay of Naples. As Queen Victoria herself said of Osborne House, “It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot.” Afterwards, we travel to Windsor.
This morning we explore Windsor Castle and walk through 900 years of British history. Although Windsor Castle has been home to 39 monarchs, the influence of just a handful has resulted in the appearance of the State Rooms we’ll be seeing during our visit. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were devoted to Windsor, where they spent much of their time. It was during the reign of Queen Victoria that, in 1845, the State Apartments were first opened to the public. Prince Albert died of typhoid at Windsor in 1861 and was buried in a spectacular mausoleum that Queen Victoria constructed at Frogmore in the Windsor Home Park. Afterwards, we’ll take a leisurely walking tour of historic Windsor and Eton. The tour ends this evening with our Farewell Dinner at the riverside restaurant, Cote Brasserie.
- 2 Nights at a 4* London Hotel
- 2 Nights at a 4* Brighton Hotel
- 2 Nights at a 4* Windsor Hotel
- Full English breakfast each day
- Welcome Afternoon Tea
- Farewell Dinner in Windsor
- Services of an expert tour guide throughout the tour
- Private coach transportation on travel days
- Entry or admission fees to all venues